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Monday , November 26 , 2012
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Dummy rifles used in robbery

Shillong, Nov. 25: The dreaded AK-47, invented by Mikhail Kalashnikov, is now terrorising people without a single shot being fired from it.

Criminals in some parts of Meghalaya are using a dummy version of the assault rifle to loot coal truckers.

According to Meghalaya police, around 4.30pm on Wednesday, criminals looted Rs 20,000 from coal trucks plying on the Riangdo-Athiabari Road between Chisipara and Upper Gigang in the West Khasi Hills district.

Coal trade has picked up in several pockets of the state with the commencement of the dry spell. Coal is mined in abundance at Shahlang and Borsora in the district.

An official from the district told The Telegraph that the above case was suo motu registered by police based on specific information as no one came forward to lodge any complaint.

“Those who are aggrieved should always come forward and inform us and we will act. Although police patrolling is on along the highways, it will not be possible for us to keep a check throughout the long stretches. There are some gaps, which we are not able to cover all the time,” he said.

He said aggrieved citizens, who are under threat, can take the liberty of passing information to the police even without filing a complaint. “By passing on the information, it will be easier for us to pursue and crack the whip on those who perpetrate crime and other unlawful activities,” he added.

Earlier this year, the police in the West Khasi Hills had intensified their pursuit against militants and dacoits who are virtually creating a reign of terror by serving “demand notes” to coal traders.

It had been alleged that the extortion ranged anything between Rs 50,000 and Rs 5 lakh.

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